This unit (VU22015) of competency specifies the outcomes required to read, interpret and produce basic plans and drawings used for building construction. This unit supports pre-apprentices who under close supervision and guidance, develop a defined and limited range of skills and knowledge in preparing them for entering the working environment within the building and construction industry. They use little judgement and follow instructions specified by the supervisor. On entering the industry, it is intended that further training will be required for this specific skill to ensure trade level standard.

Unit details

Study level:
Vocational and further education (TAFE)
Unit code:

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Assessment tasks will be designed to reinforce and extend knowledge and skill competence within set and controlled parameters in accordance with each unit's learning outcomes and performance criteria requirements, including the setting of work based practical application tasks designed to provide evidence of competence outcomes, within periodic and scheduled timelines. Students will be expected to demonstrate the following required skills: - reading skills to interpret drawings, documentation and specifications; - writing skills to complete basic documentation, drawings and plans; - oral communication skills to use building and construction terminology for interpreting and developing basic plans and drawings; - numeracy skills to calculate labour and material quantities; - planning and organising skills to plan and complete tasks from plans and drawing in appropriate sequence; - self-management skills to manage workspace, and; - technology skills to use tools and equipment for developing basic plans and drawings.Students will also be expected to demonstrate the following knowledge: - types, purposes and characteristics of plans and drawings; - commonly used symbols and abbreviations used in plans and drawings; - terminology used for interpreting and applying plans and drawings; - components of building structures, including footing, flooring, wall and roofing structures; - relevant Australian Standards and the National Construction Code in relation to work to be undertaken; - major construction activities and sequencing; - drawing techniques, and; - tools and equipment used for drawings.

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